Dating as a Single Parent

By Lois Nightingale, Ph.D What are the qualities that a single parent should look for in someone they are deciding to date? 1. Playful, light and fun with kids. (Kids have an innate instinct about people.) Watch 2. Doesn’t try to make the kids like activities they “should” like. Will accept a child’s declining to …

Ten Tips to Help your child through Divorce

By Lois Nightingale, Ph.D Helping your child through your divorce may be one of the most difficult tasks you will ever face as a parent. The following is a brief list of practical tips that can help as you walk through this difficult time with your child. 1. Be honest. Don’t lead your child to …

How Can I Tell if my Child needs Therapy?

By Lois Nightingale, Ph.D Many adults now acknowledge the benefit of a supportive professional as they face the challenges a divorce inevitably brings. But many parents are unsure at what point their child may be exhibiting signs that indicate a need for professional counseling.Many of these signs are similar to the symptoms adults experience when …

Ten Tips on Deciding between Collaboration and Mediation

by Lois V. Nightingale, Ph.D Helping your child through your divorce may be one of the most difficult tasks you will ever face as a parent. The following is a brief list of practical tips that can help as you walk through this difficult time with your child. 1. Be honest. Don’t lead your child …

Single Parenting through the Holidays

By Lois Nightingale, Ph.D Holidays after a divorce can be very difficult. Holidays with children after a divorce can be worse, even terrifying. Whether this is “your year” with the children or not, facing the holidays and knowing that they will be different from previous years can be challenging. The following are some suggestions to …

Single Parenting in the Summer

By Lois Nightingale, Ph.D During the school year it can be difficult enough for single parents to keep kids cared for and out of trouble, but when summer arrives and school activities are no longer available, the challenge becomes even more complicated. Many single parents are left with the dilemma of being happy about extra …

Rights of Children of Divorce

By Lois Nightingale, Ph.D Children have the right to: 1. Continue to love both parents without guilt or disapproval (subtle or overt) by either parent or other relatives. 2. Be repeatedly reassured that the divorce is not their fault. 3. Be reassured they are safe and their needs will be provided for. 4. Have a …

Coming Together to Come Apart

By Kim Johnson Just two sentences with a total of 12 words. A seemingly unemotional announcement, yet my life as I knew it completely dissolved within a matter of seconds. I had only just realized something was going on, confronting him three weeks prior to that fateful day. Yet, here I was freefalling into the …

Recovering from the Pain of Divorce

By Kristin McDaniel I never expected to be divorced, but when my husband of ten years told me he wanted a divorce on Christmas Eve, I had no say in the matter. I didn’t know what to do, and wondered how I would care for three young children alone. The first month I cried a …

Psychology, Family Relationships and the Law

By Marc B. Baer, Esq. In traditional marriage vows, two people promise before God and witnesses, to be “loving and faithful, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, as long as we both shall live…” Unfortunately, the average American marriage lasts only six years – and this …